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It’s been a while…. but we’re back!

Well, it’s been quite a while since we’ve posted anything here on Curiositas – but that just means we’ve been busy!!

In the first half of this year our library’s many extra-curricular clubs have continued to thrive, with Caught Read Handed Book Club and Photography Club recieving record high attendance numbers. Our Chess Club’s FCC Knights have been to a few inter-school tournaments and are gaining a reputation as fierce competitors, bringing home a few trophies! CiNECiTY, our library Film Club continues to screen a diverse range of classic, foriegn and arthouse films on Wednesday afternoons during Terms 2 and 3.

We will also be hosting a couple of excursions to the Melbourne Writers Festival in August, where students will hear authors discussing their latest books and the books they love or have inspired them. If you’re interested in attending one of the two whole day outings, please come and speak to the library staff. You may have heard that some keen FCC students have formed the inaugural Melbourne Writers Festival Youth Program Advisory Committee!! If not, then read all about it here.

As well as providing all these amazing extra-curricular opportunities our library continues to support our school community in the delivery of the curriculum by helping staff with resources for class, providing a fantastic range of online and print reference material which is searchable via our library website and by continually updating our vast fiction book collection. We have a huge range of diverse novels, biographies, picture books, comics and graphic novels and we are always buying in more.

And speaking of new fiction take a look at some of these great new books now available in our library:

One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn onewouldthinkthedeeponewouldthinkthedeep

It’s 1997 and seventeen-year-old Sam is mourning the sudden loss of his mum. Sam has always had things going on in his head that no one else understands, even his mum. And now she’s dead, it’s worse than ever. With nothing but his skateboard and a few belongings in a garbage bag, Sam goes to live with the strangers his mum cut ties with seven years ago: Aunty Lorraine and his cousins Shane and Minty. Despite the suspicion and hostility emanating from their fibro shack, Sam reverts to his childhood habit of following Minty around and is soon surfing with Minty to cut through the static fuzz in his head. But as the days slowly meld into one another, and ghosts from the past reappear, Sam has to make the ultimate decision … will he sink or will he swim.

broBro by Helen Chebatte

What happens when you mix teenage boys, a fight club and ethnic rivalries?  You get war. Romeo Makhlouf knows the rules. Stick with your own kind. Don’t dob on your mates or even on your enemies. Respect the family. But even unwritten rules are made for breaking. Fight clubs, first loves and family ties are pushed to the limit in Helen Chebatte’s explosive debut novel.

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona


Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey! It’s history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (RUNAWAYS)!

The Road to Winter by Mark Smith

Since a deadly virus and the violence that followed wiped out his parents and most of his community, Finn has lived alone on the rugged coast with only his loyal dog Rowdy for company. He has stayed alive for two winters—hunting and fishing and trading food, and keeping out of sight of the Wilders, an armed and dangerous gang that controls the north, led by a ruthless man named Ramage. But Finn’s isolation is shattered when a girl runs onto the beach. Rose is a Siley—an asylum seeker—and she has escaped from Ramage, who had enslaved her and her younger sister, Kas. Rose is desperate, sick, and needs Finn’s help. Kas is still missing somewhere out in the bush. And Ramage wants the girls back—at any cost. The Road to Winter is an unforgettable novel about survival, honour, friendship and love. It announces an extraordinary new talent.

Black by Fleur FerrisBlack

Ebony Marshall is in her final year of high school. Five months, two weeks and four days . . . She can’t wait to leave the town where she’s known only as ‘Black’. Because of her name, of course. But for another reason, too. Everyone says Black Marshall is cursed. Three of her best friends have died in tragic accidents. After Oscar, the whispers started. Now she’s used to being on her own. It’s easier that way. But when her date for the formal ends up in intensive care, something in quiet little Dainsfield starts to stir. Old secrets are revealed and terrifying new dangers emerge. If only Black could put all the pieces together, she could work out who her real enemies are. Should she run for her life, or stay and fight?

blacksadBlacksad by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido 

Private investigator John Blacksad is up to his feline ears in mystery, digging into the backstories behind murders, child abductions, and nuclear secrets. Guarnido’s sumptuously painted pages and rich cinematic style bring the world of 1950s America to vibrant life, with Canales weaving in fascinating tales of conspiracy, racial tension, and the “red scare” Communist witch hunts of the time. Guarnido reinvents anthropomorphism in these pages, and industry colleagues no less than Will Eisner, Jim Steranko, and Tim Sale are fans! Whether John Blacksad is falling for dangerous women or getting beaten to within an inch of his life, his stories are, simply put, unforgettable.

Feel free to come and chat with us in the library if you need any help with schoolwork, research or finding a book to read. We’re always happy to help.

BOOK REVIEW COMPETITION RESULTS

Last term we ran a BOOK REVIEW COMPETITION and we received many fantastic entries from across all year levels. As promised we have selected the best six reviews (and one Encouragement Award) and the students who wrote them were all awarded with a certificate and their choice of a brand new book from a selection in the library! All of the suitable reviews (including the winners) will live on forever in our library’s catalogue in the entry for that book.

And the winners are:

Millie Beswick-Wright – Year 7 for her review of The Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Abbie Liptrot – Year 8 for her review of All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher

Lily Veal – Year 8 for her review of A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

Makita Stendt – Year 9 for her review of Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson

Maddison Lewis – Year 10 for her review of Revived by Cat Patrick

Ethan Waters – Year 12 for his review of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Encouragement Award goes to Nicholas Duong – Year 7 for his review of Run by Tim Sinclair

A big THANK-YOU to all students who entered, they were all great entries! Remember, the library is always happy to accept book reviews, just follow the SUBMIT BOOK REVIEWS link on the left of this page.

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BOOK REVIEW COMPETITION!! WIN PRIZES!

Want a chance to win some fantastic new novels? Huh, do ya?

Some of the titles you can win!!

Some of the titles you can win!!

All you need to do is submit a book review using the ‘Submit Your Review’ link on the left of this page. Just follow the format on the online form to tell us why you did or didn’t like the book, who you think will like it and your rating out of 5. The students who write the six best reviews before the end of Term 2 will win their choice of one novel from a selection of brand new titles!! All suitable reviews (including the winners) will live on forever in our library’s catalogue in the entry for that book. And remember, you can post reviews at any time (even after the comp) using the Curiositas Book Review Submission form.

Happy reading and reviewing!

HERO ABSORBS MAJOR DAMAGE

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One of my favourite authors, Charles Yu, has a book of short stories called Sorry Please Thank You. In it is a story called Hero Absorbs Major Damage which follows a computer game hero and his band of warriors on their quest through 256 levels of battling orcs, eating chicken and negotiating love triangles. This was already an awesome and funny story, but it has been given +3 Awesome Points with a new re-telling on Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading site (they publish one short story a week online) where one of the characters (an elf named Fjoork) has annotated the text and given his perspective on the events once only narrated by the Hero. You need to click on the highlighted yellow text to get Fjoork’s sardonic commentary. This is a new form of digital storytelling with exciting possibilities. Check out the story with its annotations here. And don’t forget to read the editor’s note for a bit of info about the story and its use of the annotation software.

Yu’s first novel, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is also available to borrow from our library and I highly recommend it. I wish I could go back in time and read it for the first time again!

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BOOK REVIEW: ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell

REVIEW BY MADDISON VERNON-HAYES Year 11

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell is the story of two very different teenagers who, ever so slowly (but ever so adorably), fall in love. Park is from a relatively normal family, and is a relatively regular kid. But then Eleanor, the new school freak, sits next to him on the bus. She’s chubby, got mad red hair, an odd sense of fashion and is just plain weird. Her home life is not great, with her abusive stepfather reining terror on the household. But despite all her quirks, Park cannot help but fall for Eleanor, and she him.

eleanor and parkAnd I LOVED IT. L.O.V.E IT. I loved the fact that Eleanor was a kooky outsider. I loved the fact that Park wasn’t a quirky outsider, but he liked (no, loved) Eleanor all the same. I loved that she was chubby. I loved that Park was half Korean; it made him and Eleanor that little bit more different than they already were. I especially loved the fact that it was set in 1986, and referenced 1980s pop culture. They even made each other mix tapes!

If you read Eleanor and Park your toes will tingle and your heart will flutter. It may even make you cry, if you are that way inclined. It’s funny, it’s sad, and it is just completely adorable. I cannot describe it any better than that.

Fans of Stephanie Perkins or anything that gives you those skippy-heart-and-tingly-toes feelings like that, this book is for you!

BOOK REVIEW: THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams

REVIEW BY JOEL VERTH Year 8
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the first in a series of books based on the radio series. It follows the story of Arthur Dent, an ordinary human, who hitchhikes off Earth moments before its destruction with his friend Ford. From there the book becomes wonderfully unpredictable making every sentence a thrill to read.

The characters are an absolute joy to read about; Zaphod Beeblebrox, ex-president of the galaxy; Ford Prefect, a roving reporter for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and semi cousin of Zaphod; Tricia McMillan, the alternate reality version of a woman Arthur met on Earth; Marvin, who is an android fitted with “genuine people personalities” and who has an extremely depressed personality; and Arthur Dent, a simple human rescued seconds before the earth’s destruction with his only possessions being his towel and dressing gown.

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” provides a great read for all audiences containing no themes that younger readers may not understand while still being an interesting read for an older audience.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE BILLIONAIRE’S CURSE by Richard Newsome

REVIEW BY SPENCER DAVIS Year 7  

The Billionaire’s Curse is a book written by Richard Newsome. In the book a 12 year old boy named Gerald inherits 21 billion pounds from his mysteriously and recently deceased great aunt. He is also left a note that his aunt wrote before she died saying she was murdered and to not trust anyone. Left alone by his parents he is forced into solving the murder so that he in turn does not share the same fate. He quickly makes two new friends and travels around England to find the murderer and save his own life.billionaire's curse

The major theme of the book is survival but the author, Richard Newsome, also seamlessly works in the themes of greed and temptation into the story. Constantly throughout the book Gerald is tempted to give up and enjoy his billions or to join the murderer in his quest. The two friends he made at the start of the book are the voices of reason and stop Gerald from performing the wrong.

The book is one of three based on the same storyline and the others dictate the continuation of the murderer’s quest to eventually gain the power of the oracle. All three books incorporate greed and temptation extremely well and I have found myself reading the book over and over again; picking up hidden information every time. This is a great book to read multiple times, under the covers on a rainy night.

Caught Read Handed book club recommendations

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Students from our book club recommend the following books:

“The Billionaire’s Curse” by Richard Newsome

“The Fault in our Stars” by John Green

“Artemis Fowl” (series) by Eoin Colfer

“The Ranger’s Apprentice” (series) by John Flanagan